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  • Professor: Thanksgiving Is A ‘White Supremacist Holiday’

    11/24/2012 8:30:53 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 90 replies
    Professor: Thanksgiving Is A ‘White Supremacist Holiday’ Forget all that turkey, stuffing and pumpkin pie, today should be a day of fasting and atonement for American “sin.” That’s according to Robert Jensen, a journalism professor at the University of Texas at Austin. Jensen, known for his hard-left politics, also calls Thanksgiving a “white-supremacist holiday.” Jensen’s opinion piece “No Thanks for Thanksgiving,” appeared on the far-left, Soros-connected website Alternet on Thanksgiving eve. In it, he wrote how Native Americans suffered because of the “European invasion of the Americas.” He went on to compare the Founding Fathers to Nazi Germany. “How does...
  • Ancient Mariners: Did Neanderthals Sail to Mediterranean?

    11/24/2012 8:17:46 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 38 replies
    LiveScience ^ | Thursday, November 15, 2012 | Charles Choi
    Neanderthals and other extinct human lineages might have been ancient mariners, venturing to the Mediterranean islands thousands of years earlier than previously thought. This prehistoric seafaring could shed light on the mental capabilities of these lost relatives of modern humans, researchers say. Scientists had thought the Mediterranean islands were first settled about 9,000 years ago by Neolithic or New Stone Age farmers and shepherds... For instance, obsidian from the Aegean island of Melos was uncovered at the mainland Greek coastal site of Franchthi cave in layers that were about 11,000 years old, while excavations on the southern coast of Cyprus...
  • Woman 'stabbed brother, 23, in the neck with serving fork over Thanksgiving dinner'

    11/24/2012 8:13:37 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 92 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | November 23, 2012
    A 27-year-old Maryland woman has been arrested and charged with stabbing her half-brother in the neck with a serving fork following an argument over Thanksgiving dinner Thursday, police said. Annapolis police were called to an apartment on Madison Street where they found 23-year-old Deonte Wallace in the parking lot with two stab wounds.
  • Guns fly out the door on Black Friday

    11/24/2012 8:09:01 AM PST · by JohnPierce · 32 replies
    Monachus Lex ^ | November 24, 2012 | John Pierce
    This Black Friday marked a personal first for me. I actually stood in line, in the cold, just to be one of the first shoppers allowed into a store when it opened at Midnight. --IMAGE HERE-- So what was I after? Was it the latest electronics? Could it have been a video game system? Perhaps even a sale on tennis shoes? No, no, and no. The only thing that could have convinced me to engage in what I had always characterized as silly behavior was of course … cheap guns! And I was certainly not the only one. My brother-in-law...
  • Hamas: Ending arms smuggling not part of truce

    11/24/2012 8:08:15 AM PST · by Former Fetus · 9 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 11/24/2012 | KHALED ABU TOAMEH
    The Egyptian-brokered cease-fire agreement between Israel and Hamas does not call for stopping the flow of weapons into the Gaza Strip, a top Hamas leader announced Saturday. Ezat Risheq, member of the Hamas "political bureau," said that reports claiming that the agreement calls for an end to the smuggling of weapons were untrue. Risheq was commenting on reports that claimed that special US army units would be deployed along the border between the Gaza Strip and Egypt to stop the flow of weapons to Hamas and other armed Palestinian groups. The Hamas official claimed that Israel was behind the reports...
  • HP-Cosco deal rekindles Russian interest in Greek railways

    11/24/2012 8:01:19 AM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 4 replies
    ekathimerini.com ^ | Friday November 23, 2012 (21:26) | By Alexandra Kassimi
    Russian interest in investing in Greece has grown significantly over the last few days, as, following news that Gazprom was among the bidders for the Public Gas Corporation (DEPA) and gas network operator DESFA, officials from Russian Railways (RZD) have visited Athens to discuss a possible investment in the Hellenic Railways Organization (OSE). It appears that the agreement between Hewlett Packard and Cosco for the US firm’s use of the Chinese company’s dock in Piraeus as its transit center for central European and the Mediterranean has reawakened Russian interest in the Greek rail company. RZD officials traveled to Greece this...
  • sters' remote control helicopter shot down at Wing Pointe Gun Club pigeon shoot

    11/24/2012 7:57:31 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 51 replies
    WFMZ.com ^ | Nov 20. 2012 | Pam Cunningham
    sters' remote control helicopter shot down at Wing Pointe Gun Club pigeon shoot Author: Pam Cunningham, Reporter, Pam.Cunningham@wfmz.com Published On:Nov 20 2012 02:18:01 PM EST PERRY TWP., Pa. - An animal rights group is crying foul after its video drone was apparently shot down during a pigeon shoot in Berks County on Sunday. State police said they are trying to figure out who shot down the drone and whether the animal rights group had the right to fly it. This is not the first time the animal rights group has had one of its cameras in the sky shot down,...
  • Obama Is Turning America Into Argentina!

    11/24/2012 7:51:17 AM PST · by NOBO2012 · 11 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 11-24-2012 | MOTUS
    This hasn’t been reported elsewhere, butt there was a scary moment the other day when MO BO and the Wee Wons were handing out food packages at Martha’s Kitchen (no, not THAT Martha). Big Guy got hold of something that appeared very suspicious to him: “Whoa! What have we here? It looks like a IED! Call 911! Call Secret Security! Hit the floor!   Dad…it’s a sweet potato. You know, Mom grows them in “her garden” I guess Big Guy’s still a little jumpy(snip)the Burmese billboards that were intended as laudatory congratulations on his second historic win butt were so...
  • It’s time to rebuild America (Rahm barf: superior Dem "ideas" won, not demographics)

    11/24/2012 7:41:43 AM PST · by Seizethecarp · 18 replies
    Washington Post ^ | November 23, 2012 | Rahm Emanuel
    Demographics alone are not destiny. There is nothing in this year’s election returns that guarantees Democrats a permanent majority in the years to come. President Obama and the Democratic Party earned the support of key groups — young people, single women, Latinos, African Americans, auto workers in the Rust Belt and millions of other middle-class Americans — because of our ideas. So, instead of resting on false assurances of underlying demographic advantages, the Democratic Party must follow through on our No. 1 priority, which the president set when he took office and reemphasized throughout this campaign: It is time to...
  • Hector Camacho, 50, Boxer Who Lived Dangerously, Dies

    11/24/2012 7:41:04 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 14 replies
    ny times ^ | 11-24-12 | bruce weber
    Hector Camacho, a boxer known for his lightning-quick hands and flamboyant personality who emerged from a delinquent childhood in New York’s Spanish Harlem to become a world champion in three weight classes, died on Saturday in San Juan, P.R., after being shot while sitting in a parked car. He was 50.
  • Robert Blakey: The Mafia Is Most Likely Culprit Behind Kennedy Assassination

    11/24/2012 7:28:16 AM PST · by AtlasStalled · 103 replies
    Friends of Ours ^ | 11/24/12 | Friends of Ours
    Forty-nine years after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy former mob buster Robert Blakey contends the most likely explanation from the available evidence is that the Mafia was responsible as reported by Tovin Lapan for the Las Vegas Sun: "I think the mob set Oswald up as a patsy. It's not that I think (Oswald) didn't shoot (Kennedy), but that I think he was set up so (investigators) would focus on the Cuban connections (and not the mob). Did the mob do it? I don't know for sure, but it explains more of the evidence than anything else." Blakey,...
  • North Carolina town split over sheriff's treatment of Latinos [conservatives need to fight]

    11/24/2012 7:28:07 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 18 replies
    Las Angeles Times ^ | David Zucchino
    GRAHAM, N.C. — In this southern mill town, tortillas and bolillos are as common as Carolina barbecue sandwiches. Spanish-language advertisements tout Latino-owned restaurants, garages, churches and used-tire lots, and banners lining the downtown streets proclaim, "Preserving our heritage — promoting our future." But protesters who gathered downtown last month in Court Square, near the statue of a Confederate soldier, delivered a different message: "We Want Respect" and "Terry Johnson Stop Lying." Alamance County Sheriff Terry Johnson's approach to fighting illegal immigration has raised tensions among Latinos in the community. A two-year investigation by the U.S. Justice Department, released in September,...
  • Women Bishops: It's about the Bible, not fake ideas of progress

    11/24/2012 7:24:11 AM PST · by ReformationFan · 10 replies
    Virtue Online ^ | 11-23-12 | Tom Wright and Douglas Wilson
    We, of all people, ought to know better. "Progress" gave us modern medicine, liberal democracy, the internet. It also gave us the guillotine, the Gulag and the gas chambers. Western intelligentsia assumed in the 1920s that "history" was moving away from the muddle and mess of democracy towards the brave new world of Russian communism. Many in 1930s Germany regarded Dietrich Bonhoeffer and his friends as on the wrong side of history. The strong point of postmodernity is that the big stories have let us down. And the biggest of all was the modernist myth of "progress". What is more,...
  • Authorities still don't know what's on Trayvon Martin's cellphone

    11/24/2012 7:14:10 AM PST · by Uncle Chip · 51 replies
    The Orlando Sentinel ^ | November 24, 2012 | Rene Stutzman and Jeff Weiner
    Despite all the investigation, public outrage and scrutiny over the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, at least one major piece of evidence has not yet been thoroughly analyzed: his cellphone. Police found it at the scene the night Trayvon was shot, its battery dead. Authorities tried but failed to download data from the phone, then asked his father, Tracy Martin, for the security code so they could unlock it. They didn't get the code and turned the phone over to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. A crime-lab specialist there had only limited success accessing the messages, photos and other...
  • Lawmaker to push bill allowing guns at work

    11/24/2012 7:11:38 AM PST · by marktwain · 6 replies
    cbs42.com ^ | 23 November, 2012 | AP
    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - An Alabama lawmaker is again pushing legislation that would let employees take handguns to work. The Montgomery Advertiser reported Friday that state Sen. Roger Bedford, D-Russellville, said the bill is aimed at increasing personal safety.
  • Egypt's 'Islamist Coup'

    11/24/2012 7:09:42 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 12 replies
    AmericanThinker.com ^ | 11/24/2012 | Rick Moran
    Mr. Morsi says his diktat will merely last as long as it takes the country to adopt a new constitution, which is what authoritarians always say. They claim to be a necessary step on the way to democracy, but democracy never arrives. Mr. Morsi's rationalization is that he must have this power to "protect the revolution," as if the demonstrators who deposed Hosni Mubarak in 2011 merely wanted another Mubarak with a beard and prayer rug. Mr. Morsi is claiming more power than Mr. Mubarak ever had. Egyptians took to the street on Friday in protest, sometimes violently, and nearly...
  • Could you pass a US citizenship test? [Give it a try.]

    11/24/2012 7:07:34 AM PST · by upchuck · 128 replies
    CS Monitor ^ | Saturday, November 24, 2012
    In order to become a US citizen, immigrants must pass the Naturalization Test. American citizenship bestows the right to vote, improves the likelihood of family members living in other countries to come and live in the US, gives eligibility for federal jobs, and can be a way to demonstrate loyalty to the US. Applicants must get 6 answers out of 10 in an oral exam to pass the test. According to US Citizenship and Immigration services, 92 percent of applicants pass this test. You must get 58 or more of these test questions correct in order to pass. http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/2011/0104/Could-you-pass-a-US-citizenship-test/Who-signs-bills?cmpid=prc:ctzn:d
  • ABC Calls Black Friday An 'Orgy Of Capitalism'

    11/24/2012 7:07:14 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 29 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    It's enough to make an MSMer nostalgic for the good old days of the Soviet Union, when the masses didn't stampede into stores because there was little of interest to buy and little money to buy it with, and the good stuff was reserved for the ruling elites at special shops. Here's how ABC's Dan Harris opened today's Good Morning America: "This morning, Black and Blue Friday. America's annual orgy of capitalism gets dicey." Capitalism? Really? Is that the problem? View the video here.
  • Goodnight 'Snow White': Longest Coma Patient Ever Passes Away: Mom and Sister Never Left Her Side

    11/24/2012 6:59:56 AM PST · by marshmallow · 13 replies
    The Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 11/23/12 | Daily Mail Reporter
    Edwarda O'Bara was a popular 16-year-old when she fell into a diabetic coma after a bout with pneumonia in 1970Her last words to her mother, Kaye, were 'promise you won't leave me'The woman's father died in 1977 from a heart attack, brought on by the grueling schedule of caring for Edwarda Her mother stayed by her daughter's side until Kaye passed away at the age of 80 in 2008 O'Bara's sister, Colleen, stepped in to offer full time care for Edwarda 'She closed her eyes and joined my mom in Heaven,' Colleen said about Edward's passing on Wednesday at the...
  • They Are Going To Make It Nearly Impossible To Pass On A Farm Or A Business To Your Children

    11/24/2012 6:59:49 AM PST · by Lorianne · 80 replies
    Economic Collapse ^ | 20 November 2012 | Michael
    They Are Going To Make It Nearly Impossible To Pass On A Farm Or A Business To Your Children
  • Rifle-Toting Terrorists Called Major Threat to U.S. Power Grid

    11/24/2012 6:58:58 AM PST · by marktwain · 36 replies
    sfgate.com ^ | 23 November, 2012 | Brian Wingfield
  • Buying into the Mural Trap

    11/24/2012 6:57:55 AM PST · by starpublisher · 4 replies
    Cactus Thorns ^ | 11/19/12 | Dan O'brian
    It starts as a couple of cute brightly painted drawings on the walls on old abandoned stores. Soon if you don’t watch it turns into, a major government project. Its great for the chosen few that are paid by the local governments as it becomes the driving patron of the arts.
  • Are Black Friday Riots A Preview Of The Civil Unrest That Is Coming When Society Breaks Down?

    11/24/2012 6:54:57 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 57 replies
    TEC ^ | 11/23/2012 | Michael Snyder
    If Americans will trample one another just to save a few dollars on a television, what will they do when society breaks down and the survival of their families is at stake? Once in a while an event comes along that gives us a peek into what life could be like when the thin veneer of civilization that we all take for granted is stripped away. For example, when Hurricane Sandy hit New York and New Jersey there was rampant looting and within days people were digging around in supermarket dumpsters looking for food. Sadly, "Black Friday" also gives...
  • Women Bishops 'in My Lifetime', Insists Archbishop John Sentamu

    11/24/2012 6:53:04 AM PST · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    The Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 10/20/12 | Richard Alleyne and John Bingham
    The Church of England will definitely have women bishops “in my lifetime”, claims Dr John Sentamu, the Archbishop of York.The second most powerful man in the church said that it was “very disappointing” it had not happened during this General Synod but he was sure the principle had been accepted. His comments came the day after the church tore up plans to ordain women as bishops despite overwhelming support in the parishes. After a tortuous 12-year legal process, which secured strong backing in all but two of the 44 dioceses, the move was denied final approval by just six votes....
  • Shocking Case of Unbelief

    11/24/2012 6:49:50 AM PST · by marshmallow · 17 replies
    Father Ed Tomlinson's Blog ^ | 11/23/12 | Father Ed Tomlinson
    Channel 4 offers a reflection today from a clergyman of the Anglican Church who quite openly states a complete and sincere disbelief in God. He is an atheist who considers the scriptures nothing more than human literature. What are we to make of him? Personally I find this sort of liberal wooliness in a clergyman not only absurd but frankly dishonest. What an affront to those who do believe, to the faithful in the pews whose giving pays his stipend! How does he stand at the altar with a straight face I wonder? Little surprise he opts to be filmed...
  • FABER: 44 Charts That Show Why The World Is Doomed

    11/24/2012 6:46:04 AM PST · by daniel1212 · 22 replies
    Business Insider, Inc. ^ | Nov. 23, 2012 | Sam Ro
    Marc Faber, publisher of the Gloom Boom & Doom Report, is well known for his ultra-bearish commentary. But he's not without reason. In a new presentation given in Hong Kong to the London Bullion Market Association, Faber offers a thick stack of 44 charts that makes him very bearish on the global economy (via ZeroHedge). They include overviews of the emerging and evolving trends on debt, trade, stocks and commodities. Faber points to the explosion of public and private debt and how they have been far outpacing GDP growth for the last 50 years. In this backdrop, the wealth gap...
  • Destruction of badges labeled ‘juvenile act’ by ATF whistleblower(fast and furious)

    11/24/2012 6:45:14 AM PST · by marktwain · 10 replies
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 23 November, 2012 | David Codrea
    Posting an attachment responding to a Freedom of Information Act request yesterday on the Clean Up ATF website forum, Special Agent Vince Cefalu related how badges he’d turned in while on medical disability reassignment in 2006 were discovered to be intentionally defaced when he resumed his law enforcement duties the next year. “The face of each badge … exhibit multiple toolmarks produced by the scraping action of a hand tool, ATF’s Firearms and Toolmark Section Chief wrote in a September 27, 2007 laboratory report. “One possible toolmark source could be the blade of a standard screwdriver.” Cefalu is the whistleblower...
  • The Democrats are waging a war on men to satisfy the feminist left

    11/24/2012 6:44:33 AM PST · by jmaroneps37 · 21 replies
    coachisright.com ^ | NOVEMBER 24TH, 2012 | Suzanne Eovaldi, staff writer
    So let’s cut to the chase and talk about what’s really going on here. Was the takedown of Colonel Allen West decided by a Machiavellian cabal in both parties that began with the redrawing of Florida Congressional voting districts, both state and federal? And was this alleged decision made to move him out of the district controlled by the Democrat Mark Foley called the Chihuahua in high heels? By insiders cutting a deal to move West up to the Democrat ex pat region of St. Lucie County, he would be folded in between GOP enclaves in both Martin and Indian...
  • It’s beginning to look a lot like chaos

    11/24/2012 6:37:32 AM PST · by marktwain · 10 replies
    Seattle Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 23 November, 2012 | Dave Workman
    While there will be the typical reports of “Black Friday” shopping surges on Seattle, Spokane and Portland news broadcasts, it’s not likely anyone will trump the tale out of San Antonio Friday morning, where an armed shopper discouraged a line-jumping thug who pushed and punched his way into a store. According to the NBC affiliate in Dallas, the unidentified shopper in San Antonio will not be charged after drawing his legally-carried handgun. He had just been punched in the face, and other shoppers at a Sears store were pushed and otherwise harassed by the line-jumper. When the gun came out,...
  • Wealthy Singapore ranks as world's most stoic nation

    11/24/2012 6:31:52 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    CNN ^ | 11/23/2012 | Elizabeth Yuan
    The most emotionless society is Singapore's despite its reputation for being among the world's richest, a new survey has revealed. Gallup looked at 150 countries where about 1,000 residents were asked whether they experienced five positive and five negative emotions a lot during the course of a day. The results were based on interviews taken over a three-year period. Questions included whether people felt well-rested or enjoyment, smiled and laughed or felt worry, sadness, stress or anger. The 36% in Singapore who reported feeling anything is the lowest in the world, the Washington-based research and analytics organization found. This figure...
  • From the most accurate pollster of 2012: Pennsylvania Could Be a Path Forward for G.O.P.

    11/24/2012 6:29:25 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    New York Times ^ | 11/24/2012 | Nate Silver
    The last ballots in the presidential election were cast more than two weeks ago. But votes in 37 states, and the District of Columbia, are still being counted, with the results yet to be officially certified. President Obama’s national margin over Mitt Romney has increased as additional ballots have been added to the tally. According to the terrific spreadsheet maintained by David Wasserman of the Cook Political Report, Mr. Obama now leads Mr. Romney by 3.3 percentage points nationally, up from 2.5 percentage points in the count just after the election. Turnout has grown to about 127 million voters, down...
  • Veterans: Thinking of Running for Office?

    11/24/2012 6:28:49 AM PST · by Bill Russell · 8 replies
    www.williamrussell.net ^ | 11/24/2012 | William Russell
    If you are thinking of running for office, this page is for you. This is where I share some of my experiences in a congressional campaign which drew national attention. I will be as informative as possible for those who are weighing a political run, especially those coming from military service. I will add topics as I craft them. For now, KNOW WHY YOU ARE RUNNING If you are thinking of running for office, the most important part of that decision is the “why” of what you are doing. Make sure your reasons are clear and unambiguous. It is hard...
  • Ex-boxer 'Macho' Camacho dies after shooting

    11/24/2012 6:25:14 AM PST · by deoetdoctrinae · 11 replies
    AP ^ | 11/24/2012 | Coto and Skretta
    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Hector "Macho" Camacho, a Puerto Rican boxer known for skill and flamboyance in the ring as well as for a messy personal life and run-ins with the police, was declared dead on Saturday, four days after being shot in the face. He was 50.
  • CONSISTORY FOR CREATION OF CARDINALS: POPE EMPHASISES CATHOLICITY OF THE CHURCH

    11/24/2012 6:10:45 AM PST · by NYer · 14 replies
    Vatican News Agency ^ | November 24, 2012
    Vatican City, (VIS) - In St. Peter's Basilica at 11 a.m. today, Benedict XVI celebrated an ordinary public consistory for the creation of six new cardinals: James Michael Harvey, Bechara Boutros Rai O.M.M., Baselios Cleemis Thottunkal, John Olorunfemi Onaiyekan, Ruben Salazar Gomez and Luis Antonio G. Tagle. Following the new appointments the College of Cardinals will be composed of 211 members of whom 120, being under the age of eighty, are eligible to vote in a conclave for the election of a new Pope. After the opening prayer and the proclamation of the Gospel, the Holy Father pronounced his...
  • RJ's NFL Picks: Week Twelve

    11/24/2012 6:00:42 AM PST · by FL2012 · 10 replies
    BC Magazine ^ | 11/21/2012 | RJ Elliott
    *Sunday, November 25* Minnesota (6-4) at Chicago (7-3) 1:00 p.m. (Line: No Line) The Vikings would move into a three-way tie for first place in the NFC North with a win here and a loss by the Packers on Sunday Night Football. There is no line for this game as of this writing presumably due to the fact that Jay Cutler's status is up in the air. I think he'll play. ---RJ's Pick: Bears by 9 Oakland (3-7) at Cincinnati (5-5) 1:00 p.m. (Line: Cincinnati by 7) The Raiders have lost three straight, while the Bengals have won two in...
  • Reid faces task of mending fences with GOP after campaign attacks

    11/24/2012 5:57:42 AM PST · by Libloather · 57 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/24/12 | Alexander Bolton
    Reid faces task of mending fences with GOP after campaign attacksBy Alexander Bolton - 11/24/12 06:00 AM ET Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) infuriated Republicans during the campaign with his harsh partisan attacks and now faces the delicate task of mending his relationship with the GOP. Some Republicans say Reid poisoned his relationship with their party by waging controversial attacks against GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney. They were most angered by Reid’s charge that Romney had not paid taxes in ten years, attributing the information to an anonymous source. "I do think he lost more credibility with Republicans because...
  • Will Early Education Force The Daycare Business To Close its Doors?

    11/24/2012 5:55:52 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 11/24/2012 | Jamie Hope
    As I discussed in my previous article "'Early Education or Early Indoctrination" our educational curricula could soon come under the control of the United Nations. The United States government supports their attempts at globalizing our American education system and indoctrinating our children in an early education program (0-5 years of age). But attempts to place our children in school from birth are being deterred small business: the daycare industry. Parents currently have the option of either putting their children in an "early education" school focus from birth until kindergarten or an in-home day care or center. But that too might...
  • Op-Ed: Humans evolving into bigger idiots? Stanford professor thinks so

    11/24/2012 5:54:09 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 33 replies
    Digital Journal ^ | November 21, 2012 | Paul Wallis
    Yep, evolution is a two way street. With a bit of effort you can evolve to get dumber in every generation. Prof. Gerald Crabtree, a geneticist seems pretty convinced that Homo Sap is long gone in that direction.
  • The 'Lost' Island That Maps Made Up

    11/24/2012 5:53:37 AM PST · by Kartographer · 41 replies
    ABC News via Yahoo ^ | 11/23/12 | DRAGANA JOVANOVIC
    Sandy Island was nowhere to be found when Australian scientists reached the South Pacific location where it appeared on Google Earth, nautical charts and world maps. "It raises all kinds of conspiracy theories," expedition member Steven Micklethwaite said, adding that the CIA is among the sources of the world coastline database. "It reminded me of the hypernatural island in the "Lost" TV series." The phantom Manhattan-size island in the Coral Sea was shown as Sandy Island on Google Earth, sized about 15 miles by three miles on Google Maps, and halfway between Australia and the French New Caledonia.
  • Suppressing Reparative Therapy Is Suppressing Freedom

    11/24/2012 5:52:37 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 11/24/2012 | James M. Arlandson
    I saw the crawler go across the screen on a news broadcast recently, and it said, with an incredulous tone, that "praying away the gay" was still being done. From the context, it was clear the news editor did not think much of it. Recently, California banned reparative or "conversion" therapy for homosexuality. Signing the bill into law, Gov. Jerry Brown called the therapy "quackery." Lawsuits have been filed. Neither a counselor nor a lawyer, I can come at this issue only as a straight citizen concerned about freedom. It is not difficult to imagine the following scenarios. You're a...
  • Police Raid 9-Year-Old Pirate Bay Girl, Confiscate Winnie The Pooh Laptop

    11/24/2012 5:52:23 AM PST · by expat1000 · 25 replies
    Torrent Freak ^ | November 22, 2012 | enigmax
    An anti-piracy company has found itself in the middle of a huge controversy. CIAPC, the company that had The Pirate Bay blocked by ISPs in Finland, tracked an alleged file-sharer and demanded a cash settlement. However, the Internet account holder refused to pay which escalated things to an unprecedented level. In response, this week police raided the home of the 9-year-old suspect and confiscated her Winnie the Pooh laptop. Very soon in the United States, letters will be sent out to Internet account holders informing them that they should stop sharing copyrighted material on BitTorrent. The message in the US...
  • Defunding the Left

    11/24/2012 5:46:47 AM PST · by grey_whiskers · 8 replies
    Magnan's Adventures in Reaction ^ | 11-20-2012 | Maganan
    The Republicans had "a minor outbreak of sanity" (Jehu's words) when they floated a paper that questioned current intellectual property law. Then they quickly decided that they didn't mean it. The mass of corporations in this country go with the flow, and if that means supporting the Democrats, then they do so. The Republicans can't seem to figure out that their theoretical support for business and markets doesn't translate into support for their party; quite the opposite. In particular, their support for nearly perpetual copyright and tough copyright enforcement benefits those corporations that are most hostile to the Republicans, corporations...
  • Smart Money? Hedge Funds Now Worse Than Mutual Funds

    11/24/2012 5:44:22 AM PST · by SeekAndFind
    CNBC ^ | 11/23/2012 | John Melloy
    Hedge fund managers don’t have much to be thankful for these holidays, as failure to beat low-fee index funds will likely infuriate investors shelling out hefty fees for their services. Just 13 percent of the so-called smartest money on the Street are outperforming the S&P 500, and a fifth of all hedge funds are actually in the red during 2012, according to Goldman Sachs data. To make matters worse, hedge fund managers have crowded into the same trades, with turnover at a record low, according to Goldman. Translation: Hedge fund investors are paying 2 percent fees up front and 20...
  • Names surface for Jackson Jr.'s seat (And the highest bidder is...?)

    11/24/2012 5:43:16 AM PST · by Libloather · 9 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/24/12 | Alexandra Jaffe
    Names surface for Jackson Jr.'s seatBy Alexandra Jaffe - 11/24/12 06:00 AM ET Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.'s resignation from Congress leaves his seat in Illinois's 2nd District open for a special election, and local Democrats are already considering names. A top option would be Debbie Halvorson, who represented Illinois's 11th District for one term, from 2009-11, and lost her bid against Jackson this year when he picked up over 70 percent of the vote in the primary. Halvorson said in an email to The Hill that she has "not yet decided what I'm going to do," but indicated she's been...
  • Actor Larry Hagman, notorious as 'Dallas' villain J.R. Ewing, dies

    11/24/2012 5:36:15 AM PST · by Young Werther · 27 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Published: 23 November 2012 09:26 PM | By ALAN PEPPARD
    <p>The North Texas native, 81, died Friday at Medical City Dallas after spending Thanksgiving with family and friends.</p>
  • Are Latinos ‘Natural’ Republicans?

    11/24/2012 5:26:31 AM PST · by 2dogjoe · 31 replies
    The National Memo ^ | November 23, 2012 | Jason Sattler
    ....Ted Cruz, explained the predicament to The New Yorker’s Ryan Lizza: In not too many years, Texas could switch from being all Republican to all Democrat. If that happens, no Republican will ever again win the White House. New York and California are for the foreseeable future unalterably Democrat. If Texas turns bright blue, the electoral college math is simple. We won’t be talking about Ohio, we won’t be talking about Florida or Virginia, because it won’t matter. If Texas is bright blue, you can’t get to 270 electoral votes. The Republican Party would cease to exist.
  • Why Hamas “Loves Death”—And Cease-Fires

    11/24/2012 5:16:36 AM PST · by arthurus · 19 replies
    Right Side News ^ | 22 November 2012 | Andrew Bostom
    Nearly six decades ago (in 1956), Arthur Jeffery, a great modern scholar of Islam, reviewed Guillaume’s magisterial English translation of Ibn Ishaq’s Sirat Rasul Allah, the oldest and most important Muslim biography of Muhammad. Jeffery’s review included this trenchant observation: Years ago the late Canon Gairdner in Cairo said that the best answer to the numerous apologetic Lives of Muhammad published in the interests of Muslim propaganda in the West would be an unvarnished translation of the earliest Arabic biography of the prophet. W. H. T. (Canon) Gairdner, in 1915, highlighted the dilemma posed by Islam’s sacralization of Muhammad’s timeless...
  • DAKAR, WEST AFRICA JOIN ALLIES; AIR ACTION SLOWS TUNISIA PUSH (11/24/42)

    11/24/2012 5:14:17 AM PST · by Homer_J_Simpson · 6 replies
    Microfilm-New York Times archives, Monterey Public Library | 11/24/42 | Raymond Daniell, F. Tillman Durdin, Hanson W. Baldwin
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  • Giving Obama What He Wants

    11/24/2012 5:03:40 AM PST · by LD Jackson · 30 replies
    Political Realities ^ | 11/24/12 | LD Jackson
    A few days ago, I wrote a post about the campaign of rhetoric that is underway. It is a campaign to convince as many Americans as possible that the only possible way out of the fiscal condition we are in is to raise taxes. The only thing standing between Obama and his achieving the liberal dream of higher taxes is the Republicans in Congress and I'm not even sure they have the political will or capital to hold their ground. Some of them are already backing down, saying something has to be done to avert the fiscal catastrophe that is...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- NGC 1365: Majestic Spiral with Supernova

    11/24/2012 4:51:09 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 16 replies
    NASA ^ | November 24, 2012 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: Barred spiral galaxy NGC 1365 is truly a majestic island universe some 200,000 light-years across. Located a mere 60 million light-years away toward the chemical constellation Fornax, NGC 1365 is a dominant member of the well-studied Fornax galaxy cluster. This sharp color image shows intense star forming regions at the ends of the bar and along the spiral arms, and details of dust lanes cutting across the galaxy's bright core. At the core lies a supermassive black hole. Astronomers think NGC 1365's prominent bar plays a crucial role in the galaxy's evolution, drawing gas and dust into a star-forming...